On Monday, Amazon officially expanded its universe, closing a $13.7 billion deal to buy Whole Foods. Amazon immediately began making changes at the chain. The first action was to cut prices by up to 43 percent.
The grocer is by far Bezos' largest purchase. His second largest acquisition was in 2009, when Amazon purchased online shoe merchant Zappos for a measly-by-comparison $1.2 billion.
But the Whole Foods acquisition is not the first time Bezos has attempted to disrupt the grocery industry. In 1999, Amazon invested in a grocery delivery service called HomeGrocer.com. The company crumbled during the dot-com meltdown, but many of his other investments have led to huge success.
In 1998, Bezos became one of Google's earliest investors with a $1 million investment in the search giant. According to Crunchbase, he has also personally invested in tech companies like Uber, Airbnb and Everfi. Bezos also makes personal investments through venture capital vehicle Bezos Expeditions, which has backed impressive companies across a wide range of industries, including Twitter and Juno Therapeutics.
These strategic investments, on top of the massive success of Amazon, have helped Bezos climb his way up the list of wealthiest people alive. This infographic, created by Visual Capitalist, breaks down Bezos' ever-expanding empire:
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This is an updated version of a previously published article.